Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Secret Restaurants Part 2 (and Luxury Art in Luxury Hotels)
The Times reports on the continuing proliferation of secret restaurants, doing a better reported, more extensive version of the piece I wrote a few months ago and posted on here recently. To Milk & Honey, La Esquina, and The Back Room, they add the Waverly Inn and - interestingly - the Gramercy Park Hotel's Rose Bar, which contains literally millions of dollars of art, replete with at least one piece by Prince, Twombly, Warhol, Basquiat, Hirst, and Schnabel (who helped design the $200 million renovation). What's most remarkable is that the GPH is not alone in its pricey wall hangings. The Hotel Ganesvoort has also generated quite a bit of buzz over its art collection, anchored by a large Warhol / Basquiat collaboration piece.